DPI: More than half of state schools will see decline in general aid next school year

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MADISON — More than half of Wisconsin schools will see a decline in general aid in the next school year, according to estimates from the state Department of Public Instruction.

The state budget not yet finalized would keep general school aid flat at almost $4.5 billion. But DPI says diversions of money to the Milwaukee voucher program and charter schools drop that closer to $4.3 billion. The agency says other factors such as property values and enrollment also play a role in how much aid rises or falls.

DPI says 55 percent of schools will get less general aid next year. Forty-four percent will get more.

The department has posted a district-by-district estimate of the changes online.